Category: Meet the Member
Wendy Wasserstein Took Her to Her First Show. Now She's Paying It Forward
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, January 10, 2020  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jan 10, 2020  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
An alum of TDF's Wendy Wasserstein Project returns to the program as a teacher --- Growing up in the Bronx in the '90s, Erica Vargas-Catucci saw a Playbill long before she ever saw a play. "At the time, I used to help my mother clean houses in Manhattan," she says. "At one, the person always had Playbills on the table in their living room. Sometimes...
This Aspiring Dancer Had Never Seen a Professional Dance Performance Until TDF
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, December 19, 2019  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 19, 2019  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
How TDF's Introduction to Dance program changed Antonio Rosario-Richardson's life --- Brooklyn native Antonio Rosario-Richardson first fell in love with dancing at age 8, when Ballet Tech conducted a six-week workshop at his elementary school. Since then, he's studied a variety of styles, initially at Dance Atlantic Inc., now at Talent Unlimited High...
How Seeing Shows Is Changing These Veterans
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, November 22, 2019  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 22, 2019  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Three participants in the TDF Veterans Theatregoing Program talk about the impact it's had on their lives --- James Faulkner recalls his wife and daughter going to the theatre, but the Korean War veteran admits he didn't join in. "I never did go with them there, or to the Statue of Liberty or, you know, a lot of places," he says, explaining his experience...
At 13, He's TDF's Youngest Donor
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, August 30, 2019  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Aug 30, 2019  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Meet Val Zvinyatskovsky, a California middle schooler who's as committed to theatre accessibility as we are --- At TDF, we're proud to attract a diverse array of generous donors. But this past spring was the first time we ever had a seventh grader call our office offering to give us money! For a class project at the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School...
How TDF's Wendy Wasserstein Project Is Changing Students' Lives
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, May 31, 2019  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Fri May 31, 2019  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
This teen didn't think theatre was for her. Now she can't get enough of it --- A few Sundays ago, a cohort of students from Queens' William Cullen Bryant High School went to see the Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me. Happily, this was not a novel experience for them. As participants in TDF's education initiative the Wendy Wasserstein...
How TDF's Autism Friendly Performances Changed the Sweeneys' Lives
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, November 20, 2018  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 20, 2018  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Katie Sweeney talks about her son Dusty's incredible theatrical journey, off-stage and on --- At TDF, we do a lot more than sell discounted tickets. Our many Accessibility Programs help audiences with specific needs enjoy the power of the performing arts. While we often use statistics to give donors a sense of the impact our initiatives are having,...
How Do You Create New Audiences?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, June 22, 2018  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 22, 2018  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Graduates of TDF's Create New York program share how the experience has enhanced their lives --- When I interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner earlier this month, he lamented that "there's somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 serious theatregoers in New York who will find some way to see the shows they want to....
30 Years of Introducing Teens to Theatre
By ARTHUR GOLDSTEIN
Monday, January 08, 2018  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jan 8, 2018  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to Meet the Member, where TDF members share theatrical stories. Today's member: Arthur Goldstein, a New York City public school teacher who brings students to shows via the TDF Introduction to Theatre arts education program --- Traditionally these Meet the Member columns have been structured as Q&As. But Arthur is such a compelling and...
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